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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Youth Current Methamphetamine Use

Problem Statement

Substance abuse among youth remains a major public health problem. Substance use and abuse can increase the risk for injuries, violence, HIV infection, and other diseases (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/alcoholdrug).
New Mexico's rate of lifetime methamphetamine use decreased from 7.7% in 2007 to 4.4% in 2015. The US rate decreased from 1999 (9.1%, not shown) to 2015 (3.0%). The New Mexico rate for lifetime methamphetamine use has been consistently higher than the US rate. This remained true in 2015. For current methamphetamine use, NM prevalence decreased from 7.3% in 2003 to 4.6% in 2005, but there has been no significant change since then. There is no national comparison for current methamphetamine use.


Chart 1. Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

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Data Notes

There is no national comparison for current methamphetamine use.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Table 1. Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used Methamphetamine
Sex and Race/Ethnicity9th10th11th12thAll Grades
Male, American Indian1.45.33.72.83.2
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander********6.9
Male, Black********8.2
Male, Hispanic3.96.53.254.8
Male, White1.342.95.63.4
Male, All Races35.63.74.94.3
Female, American Indian4.94.902.53.2
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander********5.5
Female, Black********0
Female, Hispanic0.32.31.13.12
Female, White1.50.520.61.2
Female, All Races1.32.11.32.11.9
Both Sexes, American Indian3.55.11.92.63.5
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander**5.89.5**6.3
Both Sexes, Black5.55.6****5.3
Both Sexes, Hispanic2.44.32.13.93.4
Both Sexes, White1.42.32.43.32.3
Both Sexes, All Races2.43.92.53.53.2


Data Notes

**Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Problem Statement

Asian or Pacific Islander (9.3%) and Black (8.8%) students were more likely to be current methamphetamine users than Hispanic (3.4%), American Indian (2.8%), or White (1.9%) students. Prevalence of current methamphetamine use was not associated with grade level. Males were more likely to report current methamphetamine use (4.7%) than females (1.6%).
In 2015, the highest rates of current methamphetamine use were in Mora (7.4%), Roosevelt (7.3%), Lea (6.7%), and Hidalgo (6.7%) counties, and the lowest rates were in San Miguel (1.0%), Los Alamos (1.4%), and Dona Ana (1.7%) counties.

Table 2. Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used Methamphetamine
County
Bernalillo2.6
Catron0
Chaves5.1
Cibola4.4
Colfax1.7
Curry0.9
De Baca**
Dona Ana4.2
Eddy1.7
Grant6.3
Guadalupe4.2
Harding**
Hidalgo0.7
Lea2.8
Lincoln2.7
Los Alamos1
Luna1.7
McKinley3.9
Mora5.7
Otero3.3
Quay0.6
Rio Arriba6
Roosevelt0.9
Sandoval2
San Juan1.7
San Miguel3.5
Santa Fe3.3
Sierra7.5
Socorro3.2
Taos3.2
Torrance2.1
Union0
Valencia5.9
New Mexico3
U.S.**


Data Notes

**Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Chart 2. Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017



Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

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confidence limits

Data Notes

**Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Chart 3. Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

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Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:42:52 MST